Morecambe’s Tom Woodburn will swap Britain for Barbados next weekend as the emerging young co-driver sits with Paul Bourne on the Valvoline Rally on Sunday.
Marking his competitive debut in a WRC car, Woodburn will be out to help Bourne and CA1 Sport have a successful event with their 2007 Focus WRC, on what is used by many competitors as a shakedown ahead of the main Sol Rally Barbados event in May.
Looking ahead to the biggest ride of his fledgling career, the 19-year-old Lancastrian, who is an engineering apprentice at Jaguar Land Rover, says he is filled with anticipation for the rally.
Woodburn said: “Paul says he is fully up to speed and is going for the win on the Valvoline so for my first experience of a World Car to be in one that should be running at the front, is something that is just really exciting!
“I’ve obviously sat in a WRC before, but co-driving one pushing for victory is going to require me to be on the top of my game in order to justify the trust Paul and CA1 have placed in me.”
Woodburn spent last weekend getting in some competitive seat time ahead of his Caribbean adventure by co-driving with Carnforth’s Arron Newby in a Subaru Impreza on the Lookout Stages.
The pair dominated the event, enjoying a lead of more than 20 seconds until a mechanical problem a mile from the finish of the final stage robbed them of victory.